As one of the first places in the world to cross into the New Year, Sydney knows how to celebrate. We have some of the biggest, brightest fireworks displays as the clock ticks past 23:59 on December 31, and we like to make sure that residents and visitors alike don’t miss out on any of the action.
Luckily, having such a huge (and beautiful!) harbour to showcase our fireworks means that there are plenty of places to watch New Year’s Eve Events in Sydney.
New Year’s Eve Cruises
There are those who swear until they’re blue in the face that you can’t – you won’t! – get any better vantage point for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks than from a boat on the harbour itself. Private boats begin to fill the harbour as early as the day before to vie for prime position. To get the spot without the waiting, booking something like this Sydney Harbour cocktail cruise for New Year’s Eve will have you in prime position as the fireworks explode.
New Year’s Eve at the Sydney Opera House
Fresh from its 40th Anniversary celebrations, the Opera House is open for celebration. Fancy a spot of Opera as you ring in the new year? La bohème is the night’s performance, with a carefully timed intermission to ensure you catch the 9pm fireworks, and an extravagant midnight party for the main event.
New Year’s Eve at a Bar or Club
Fancy getting out on the town as the clock ticks over? Bars and clubs all over the city are hosting New Year’s events, as a quick search will reveal. Any establishment with water views is where you want to be – though they’re bound to be packed.
One of the biggest NYE events in Sydney, Harbour Party is the musical festival of the year. Hosted in Luna Park – a theme park right by the harbour – Harbour Party offers fantastic views, live entertainment and unlimited free rides. Try not to mix alcohol with any ride that whips you around and you should be in for a spectacular night.
New Year’s Eve in the Park
The fireworks show in Sydney for New Year’s Eve will be amazing no matter where you see it. For a truly special experience though, make a day of it in any of the parks that line the harbour shores. These fill up early with revellers staking out their claims, enjoying picnic lunches and dinners before settling in for the show. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a popular spot, as is the Domain, but for the best views, no matter what those cruising the harbour say, grab a picnic blanket and set up camp at Blue’s Point.
- Lindsey Hodder